Andromache Ela Cyprus Eurovision 2022 rehearsal
Photo: EBU / NATHAN REINDS

Eurovision 2022 second rehearsals continue for semi-final two. Second out of the blocks is Cyprus’s Andromache. How does “Ela” look on the Eurovision stage? Let’s find out…

Cyprus’s Andromache “Ela” — Eurovision 2022 second rehearsal

Padraig: Andromache certainly succeeds in waking us from last night’s lucid dreams with her second rehearsal. The staging is stunning in its simplicity. The songstress is perched at the centre of a giant seashell for the entirety of her performance. Think Botticelli’s Birth of Venus or Valentina Monetta’s “Maybe”. But this is much more elevated than San Marino’s 2014 effort. Projections mean that the shell’s colour pallette is constantly changing from watery blues to passionate pinks to warm oranges. Andromache is joined by two dancers and they perform similar choreography to the music video. Cyprus has possibly made the best use of the in-built water feature so far, but their staging makes the LEDs redundant. And that’s obviously a good thing. Everything is contained within the shell. Andromache delivers steady vocals, improving with each run through.

Reaction to Cyprus’s second rehearsal at Eurovision 2022

@wiwibloggs_official #Cyprus’ @Andromache_dim calls to us in her 2nd #Eurovision rehearsal. Our @jonathanvautrey watches and reacts 🇨🇾 #ESC2022 #Eurovision2022 #TheSoundOfBeauty #Ela ♬ original sound – wiwibloggs

What do you think? How will Andromache fair in the semi-final? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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Angela
Angela
1 month ago

Ela is the best song of this Eurovision and my number 1
It has everything!

Dami
Dami
1 month ago

It seems as a non qualifier. I prefer Malta and San Marino.

Ted
Ted
1 month ago

Im not a huge fan of this song, but I am loving how the shadows cast on the prop.

Leo M
Leo M
1 month ago

I’m not sure about Cyprus. Nice song but staging isn’t doing anything for me

Aisling
Aisling
1 month ago

For some reason I think Cyprus might struggle to qualify. I wish her all the best but I don’t really like the seashell thing.

ete sech
ete sech
1 month ago

It looked more promising at the first rehearsal, the lighting feels weird :/

ESC Stan
ESC Stan
1 month ago
Reply to  ete sech

I’m feeling this with a couple of performances. I think because of the dead rainbow things just don’t lit enough, too dark or something. In this case, the lack of spotlighting seems to blend her in too much to the set piece.

Im so fab
Im so fab
1 month ago

I expected more dynamic presentation, but it’s probably still enough to qualify. Not Top 10 material though.

Jamie
Jamie
1 month ago

This performance doesn’t feel right. The lighting is weird.

Thallo
Thallo
1 month ago

I expected the cameras to elevate this performance, but they didn’t.

Something feels missing, the staging doesn’t feel quite right. I’m worried for Andromache, I don’t think she’ll do well in the final.

Carmen
Carmen
1 month ago
Reply to  Thallo

I agree! I wish the shell had more details, and more importantly: I wish they had the smoke machine on to help blend it into the stage more.

Jake
Jake
1 month ago

I think the lack of ethnic sounds this year really helps this song. I agree that in this clip that it all feels dark and shadowy. I really thought this would be better suited for a staging that felt sun kissed on the Mediterranean beaches. But this feels like an after dark seedy club. I just want to bring lightness and sunshine to this beautiful song.

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

Sweet goddesses of love and beauty and sea and dance and music, I strongly suspect Cyprus is planning a never-seen-before visual performance in ESC. I love those camouflage garments! I want more!

esc1234
esc1234
1 month ago

Its very dark and the -many- wide shots have a negative impact in the performance, they need to change things

schlageresque
schlageresque
1 month ago

this is a bit underwhelming. The camerawork is too slow and not very inspired, doesn’t infuse any glamour or ethereal glow. Also, the shadows are visually very distracting imo.
They could do so much better than that!

However I like the song very much, reminds me of Ivi Adamou sort of

Kosey
Kosey
1 month ago

Slightly more underwhelming than the TikTok snippet, it seems a little darker than I would like it to be and the wider shots are not quite working. I really want the sensuality to shine through here, a lot is going to depend on how Andromache plays this on the night.

Polegend Godnova
1 month ago

this was a disappointment for me. she should’ve recreated the garden shoots in her music video, her song doesn’t suit this ‘modern’ staging, no idea how cyprus got it so wrong.

Henry
Henry
1 month ago

I agree with you, the staging is awful, too dark and these colours are hurting my eyes..She looks also unhappy, like she is not satisfied with everything…

Polegend Godnova
1 month ago
Reply to  Henry

yeah her facial expressions make everything worse. they need to work on that part.

Kalla
Kalla
1 month ago

Still excited about Cyprus’s staging, however it all looked a little dark today and couldn’t really see the performers. Other than that very good.

Jo.
Jo.
1 month ago

It doesn’t look as good as in the photos, but it will probably qualify. I could see this being a shock NQ tho, the semis are too hard to call this year…

vetrina
vetrina
1 month ago

song 3/10 staging 10/10 good job!

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
1 month ago

Her voice is lovely and the staging is nice and all but can ya show a bit of emotion gurl? She looks like she cannot be bothered.

Lex
Lex
1 month ago

A really beautiful singer, a good staging idea… and bad camera work. Hope they can change things, because this has potential to be amazing.

Sarina
Sarina
1 month ago

Great visuals, but they need to change the camera angles. I heard she had many technical issues with her microphone.

Marina
Marina
1 month ago

Disaster, what a disappointment… She was in my top 5…

AlexC
AlexC
1 month ago

I didn’t like the camera angles. It shows dancers straggling to get into position. I heard they will be changing some camera angles so hopefully it will look better when live.

myopinion
myopinion
1 month ago

After all the hype from the first rehearsal this is what we get? a bit of a letdown.
Don’t trust TikTok – that’s the lesson of the day

Enclo
Enclo
1 month ago

Steady vocals ? Lol

Marina
Marina
1 month ago
Reply to  Enclo

Agree, bad vocals

Amigo
Amigo
1 month ago

As far as the staging goes – If the big sun was working, I would probably think having two suns on the stage would be a bit over the top. Now having once small sun-shell is creating something special for Cyprus. As for her – I would just love to see more will for the performance in her. I had a feeling she was absent and not very interested in the choreography. Her body language is: We brought the shell, what else do you want me to do. Hope she gives more of herself in the performance during the Semis… Read more »

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 month ago

It looks really solid. No-one else is covering this sort of sound and Cyprus not only have a good song but they’re presenting it well.
Safe qualifier.

pmsbm
pmsbm
1 month ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

Yep, agree totally. The shadows of her and the dancers are really annoying though, hope they can fix that although I can’t see how.

schlageresque
schlageresque
1 month ago
Reply to  pmsbm

Exactly!! so distracting.. that can be easily fixed though: stop these low angle shots

Xxx
Xxx
1 month ago

Great visuals. The song has grown on me.